City officials see a future for the historic Cedar Oaks home. Local leaders say the home if rezoned could be used for venues such as weddings, showers and club meetings. While the interior of the home would limit guests to 49 people, the grounds area could host larger events. To make the home more attractive as an event location, the city’s conference and tourism staff asked the Oxford Board of Aldermen to allow the use of alcohol in the home during social functions. The aldermen approved the first reading and plan to hold a public hearing on Sept. 21. (September 14, 2010, Page 1)
- Clyde Wayne Alexander Jr. — 72, of Hot Springs, Va., died Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010, in Nantucket. Visitation with the family will be at his home in Hot Springs on Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. Services will be private.
- Matthew Nicholas Brigance — 20, formerly of Oxford, died Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010, at Methodist North Hospital in Memphis. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 today at Forest Hill East Funeral Home in Bartlett.
- Mary Ann Robinson Mohead — 79, died Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010, at her home on Texas Island Plantation near Moon Lake. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 this evening at Meredith-Nowell Funeral Home in Clarksdale.
Oxford’s junior varsity football team used a powerful running game and a strong effort on defense to post a 14-0 win over Lafayette Monday night at William L. Buford Stadium. After picking up two first downs and 25 yards on their first offensive drive of the game, the Chargers went on a 14-play, 60-yard scoring drive the second time they had the ball. (September 14, 2010, Page 6)
John Owen Yoste scored six goals to lead the U-12 Earthquakes to a 7-4 win over the Sounders Monday in Oxford Park Commission youth soccer action. In the other U-12 game, the Galaxy and Tornados tied 5-5.
In two U-10 boys league games, United tied the Tornados 3-3, while the Crew pounded the Fire 7-1. In the Under 10 girls league games, United and Earthquakes tied 3-3, while the Fire topped the Galaxy 3-1. In the U-12 girls league, United blanked the Crew 1-0, while the Tornados topped the Sounders 2-0. (September 14, 2010, Page 7)
Local columnist Jimmy Reed quotes from John Donne’s “No Man Is An Island” to wrap up a piece about the value of friendships and helping one another. (September 14, 2010, Page 4)
- Ottis Randal “Randy” Ragland — 58, died Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010, in Los Angeles. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the chapel of Waller Funeral Home. Visitation will precede the service from noon until 2 at the funeral home.
- Linda Williams — 41, of Sardis died Thursday at Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville. Arrangements are incomplete with Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford.
Lafayette’s cross country teams fared well in the opening meet of the season, the Pontotoc Invitational.
The varsity girls finished second overall, while the varsity boys team was fourth. The seventh- and eighth-grade boys team both finished third.
Eleven teams competed in the varsity division, while 16 teams made up the middle school division. (September 13, 2010, Page 3B)
Blue Devils coach Brad Embry was proud of the effort his team displayed on a special Homecoming Night. (September 13, 2010, Page 4B)
Jacob Roberts writes to urge supervisors and aldermen to work together to expand local tennis facilities at the John Leslie Courts so he and his Lafayette High teammates can have home courts to practice and play on, while Barbara J. Smith writes to thank all of the volunteers and local farmers and gardeners who help The Pantry service the community. (September 13, 2010, Page 4A)
Ending racism and sexism in society will be explored by acclaimed writer bell hooks in the 16th annual Lucy Somerville Howorth Lecture in Women’s Studies today at the University of Mississippi. The free, public presentation, “Talking Race and Gender: Ending Domination,” is set for 5:30 this evening in the Ford Center for Performing Arts. A 5 p.m. book signing precedes the program.
Hooks is the author of more than 30 critically acclaimed books on the politics of race, gender, class and culture. Since 2004, she has been distinguished professor in residence in Appalachian studies at Berea College. She was a distinguished professor of English at New York University, as well as a professor at Yale University and Oberlin College. The Atlantic Monthly named hooks as “one of our nation’s leading public intellectuals.” (September 13, 2010)